The Washington County Fair has been an eagerly anticipated event here in the “land of awes” for 157 years despite its several names and locations before settling into its permanent home in 1997 – 20 “awe”some year ago – at the Regional Fair Park. The Fair’s location is 3 miles east off the I-15 freeway Exit 40 – or about 15 miles from downtown St. George.
In 1860, the first Washington County Fair was held in Washington City, then the county-seat since the city of St. George had not yet been established. In 1876 and through the years until 1909, the fair – then called the Dixie Fruit Festival – was held in the basement of the St. George LDS Tabernacle. For many years, the cities of St. George and Hurricane held their own harvest celebrations, until the decision was made by both communities to combine their events as the Washington County Fair which was held for several years in the halls and classrooms of Hurricane High School and later at Hurricane Middle School.
In 2017, the theme for this popular annual event on the weekend of August 9-12 is “Lions, Tigers and Bears … Oh, My “ and is certain to once again see thousands of visitors, despite the late summer heat on Purgatory Flats here in our spectacular red rock desert.
As always, this year’s fair will feature the traditional events, which have made the Washington County Fair exciting and fun for more than a century and a half. For instance, you can stroll at your leisure through commercial booths, an animal education center, small animal livestock shows, community displays from all of Washington County’s cities, home art, fine art and 4-H exhibits. You can also enjoy carnival rides, the popular Figure 8 Race, a demolition derby, boxing matches, laser light show, a parade, local entertainment